In the Shadow of the Bear – Political Thriller

When retired hockey player Peter Salo’s brother is killed by renegade Finnish soldiers, Peter vows to hunt down those responsible – but he soon finds himself involved in an outrageous plot that could embroil all of Europe in a nuclear war.  Discover more…

Set against a rising tide of Russian imperialism, In The Shadow of The Bear asks how far a small country should go to defend itself…

PETER SALO – an alcoholic ex-hockey player, known as “The Bear Killer” for twice scoring the goals that helped Finland beat Russia – lives a quiet life in Northern Finland, looking after his younger brother, KIMMO.

Kimmo has the body of a man, but the mind of child.  When he begs Peter to take him out ice fishing one night, it begins a chain of events that will resonate throughout Northern Europe.

As Peter and Kimmo sit quietly fishing, they spot some strange lights in the distance – but when they go to investigate they find renegade Finnish soldiers digging up the border road and preparing to bury a nuclear warhead.

The soldiers, under the leadership of the mysterious and ruthless AGENT, have a shoot-to-kill order – they spot the brothers and gun down Kimmo.  Peter manages to escape after a high-speed car chase across a frozen lake, but is now under the watchful eye of Agent.

Peter escapes to Helsinki to meet with his estranged sister ANNEMARI, who works for Fortnum Oyj, the national energy company.  With Annemari’s inside information they discover that a major source of natural gas has been discovered close to the Russian border, but renegade elements within the government are keeping it secret – but before Peter and Annemari can do anything, Agent attempts to kill Peter by throwing him from a ferryboat.

Peter struggles to shore, and with Agent believing him dead, Peter and Annemari set up a desperate trap to try and expose the killers and their dangerous conspiracy.

In The Shadow of The Bear is a fast-paced thriller in the style of Enemy of The State, in which one man must overcome his alcoholic past in order to find redemption with his sister and himself. 

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